THEATER: “Ella” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. It’s opening night! Starring Tina Fabrique as the First Lady of Jazz, Miss Ella Fitzgerald. 7:30pm. $20, $40, $50 & $65. Through August 12.
ARTIST TALK: Todd Haynes @ Williamstown Theatre Festival lawn, Williamstown. The Academy Award-nominated director discusses his film, “Far From Heaven,” prior to tonight’s performance of the new stage musical based on Haynes’ movie. 6:30pm. The talk is free; the 7:30pm performance is $65.
MUSIC: Nickelback @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs. Either you love ’em or you love to hate ’em. Either way, Nickelback’s back. With Bush and My Darkest Days. 6:30pm. $59.50, $99.50 & $112.50; lawn $26.
MUSIC: Dan Berggren @ the Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne. 7:30pm. $15; children FREE. ALSO: Berggren offers workshops today, too – “An Adirondack Musical History Tour” at 9am and “Songwriting for Beginners” at 1pm. $40 per workshop.
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MUSIC: The Brian Patneaude Quartet @ NTB Bank lawn, Canajoharie. The Music on Mainstreet concert series continues with jazz from saxman Patneaude and his band – pianist Rob Lindquist, bassist Mike DelPrete and drummer Danny Whelchel. 7pm. FREE.